Irish public believes abuse of vulnerable adults is widespread

Source: HSE

Half of all Irish adults say they have experienced the abuse of vulnerable adults either through being abused themselves or seeing somebody close to them abused, according to the results of new research being published today.

The research, commissioned from Red C by the National Safeguarding Committee, shows widespread public concern that many vulnerable adults are open to and are experiencing physical, emotional, psychological and financial abuse.

Among the research findings are:

  • Physical abuse of vulnerable adults has been witnessed/suspected by 1 in 3 adults, very often in the home.
  • Over 1 in 3 has experienced emotional abuse.
  • Almost 2 in 5 (38%) think vulnerable adults are badly treated. One in three believes vulnerable adult abuse to be widespread.
  • There is significant public concern about the need to safeguard those who are limited in their ability to protect themselves.
  • There is a lack of clarity over where to report vulnerable adult maltreatment, particularly among the young
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